shows the race much tighter. and i think it's easier, not just talking about a republican in terms of gaffes, it's easy for the filter, the gang of 500, the chattering class, to look at a gaffe and think oh, my goodness, this is the whole race. the whole race has been thrown off. fundamentally the president has a lead. he had a lead before. some of his convention lead has dissipated, but romney's behind, but this race is not over despite what you might read on twitter. >> well, of course, this race is not over. and the gang of 500, as you talk about, may be very concerned about what's going on right now and suggest that it may be over. but, of course, mika, this is not a gaffe. this is a string of mistakes starting all the way back at the republican convention, stepping on a remarkable video, some remarkable stories about mitt romney the man and it's gone through a disastrous libyan press conference, through campaign infighting and, of course, through this video that was leaked a couple days ago.